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Rheumatologists Ranked #1 in Happiness (Again)

Medscape has reported the results of its 2020 annual physician survey, This year rheumatologists (60%), general surgeons (60%), public health and preventive medicine physicians, and allergists/immunologists are the "happiest" outside of work compared to other specialists, according to Medscape.

Lowest in happiness were internal medicine, critical care and neurology (44-48%).

The report surveyed more than 15,000 physicians in more than 29 specialties.  The survey includes differences in millenials, how much vacation MDs take and more on alcohol, weight loss and exercise.

When asked about how happy rheumatologist are at work, only 28% said they were extremely or very happy at work - this is midway between plastic surgeons (41%) or physiatrists (19%).

Other findings from the "Rheumatologist report" 

  • 41% of Rheums are burnt out
  •  60 have very good marriages
  • 29% drive a toyota, 14% a BMW
  • 50% take 3-4 weeks vacation yearly - 21% takd 5-6weeks vacation
  • 57% exercise 2-5 times weekly
  • 29% do not drink alcohol (23% 5-7 drinks per week)
Disclosures: 
The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose related to this subject

Rheumatologists' Comments

Quite a misleading caption. It should be that Rheumatologists are happiest in their "out of work" life. It just tell us that what kind of a people join the Rheumatology work force. Otherwise their burnout rater and everything looks quite mediocre and average. Lets try not to attract future fellows by such taglines and give them the real information.
I agree. When I read the title I was like : imagine how unhappy other doctors must be at work.

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